Jalapeño Ranch is perfect as a dressing, dip or sauce. It has a thick sour cream base, and is lightened up with fresh cilantro and lime juice and a hint of spice. This stuff is highly addictive!

If you’re looking for something milder, I highly recommend our Avocado Ranch which is loved by kids and adults. Jalapeño ranch has a kick to it and is perfect as a dip for Potato Wedges, drizzled over Shrimp Fajitas, or your favorite salad.

Close up jalapeno ranch recipe in mason jar with spoon in jar

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Jalapeño Ranch Recipe:

Jalapeño ranch has a simple list of ingredients with amazing fresh flavor with a perfectly creamy (non gritty) consistency. It is seasoned to perfection and better than any store-bought dressing. It also keeps really well in the refrigerator for up to a week and only gets better with time as the flavors meld.

Ingredients for jalapeno ranch with sour cream, jalapenos, cilantro, lime, garlic and onion powder and salt

How to Make Jalapeño Ranch:

Good news! This is the easiest recipe. All you need to make it is a food processor, a good blender or magic bullet. You simply combine all of the ingredients and blend until creamy and smooth. We seed and roughly chop the jalapeno and cilantro but it really is just a blend and serve type of recipe.

How to make jalapeno ranch in food processor

Serve Jalapeño Ranch Dressing on:

Serve Jalapeño Ranch Dip with:

  • Fresh vegetables
  • Tortilla Chips
  • Potato Wedges
  • Quesadillas or taquitos

Drizzle as a Sauce over:

jalapeno ranch dressing in mason jar with jalapeno, limes and cilantro

There are so many practical reasons excuses to make and consume Jalapeño Ranch. It really is lip-smacking good. Make this once and you will want a steady supply in your refrigerator.

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Jalapeño Ranch Recipe

4.96 from 99 votes
Author: Natasha of NatashasKitchen.com
Jalapeno ranch in mason jar with spoon in jar
Jalapeño Ranch is perfect as a dressing, dip or sauce. It has a thick sour cream base, and is lightened up with fresh cilantro and lime juice and a hint of spice.
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Total Time: 5 minutes

Ingredients 

Servings: 6 people (4 Tbsp each serving)
  • 1 cup sour cream
  • 4 Tbsp cilantro, chopped
  • 1 jalapeno, Seeded and chopped (2 Tbsp)
  • 2 tsp lime juice, freshly squeezed
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp onion powder
  • 1 tsp garlic powder

Instructions

  • Combine all dressing ingredients in the bowl of a food processor, blender or magic bullet and blend until creamy and smooth (about 30 seconds).

Nutrition Per Serving

78kcal Calories2g Carbs1g Protein8g Fat4g Saturated Fat20mg Cholesterol419mg Sodium60mg Potassium1g Fiber1g Sugar280IU Vitamin A3.6mg Vitamin C42mg Calcium0.1mg Iron
Nutrition Facts
Jalapeño Ranch Recipe
Amount per Serving
Calories
78
% Daily Value*
Fat
 
8
g
12
%
Saturated Fat
 
4
g
25
%
Cholesterol
 
20
mg
7
%
Sodium
 
419
mg
18
%
Potassium
 
60
mg
2
%
Carbohydrates
 
2
g
1
%
Fiber
 
1
g
4
%
Sugar
 
1
g
1
%
Protein
 
1
g
2
%
Vitamin A
 
280
IU
6
%
Vitamin C
 
3.6
mg
4
%
Calcium
 
42
mg
4
%
Iron
 
0.1
mg
1
%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
Course: Condiments, Sauce
Cuisine: American, Mexican
Keyword: jalapeno ranch
Skill Level: Easy
Cost to Make: $
Calories: 78

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  • Stacie
    October 26, 2023

    My mom is on a low sodium diet. Can you or have you substituted the sour cream for yogurt before?

    Reply

    • NatashasKitchen.com
      October 26, 2023

      Hi Stacie! I have not but some of my readers have reported good results using Greek yogurt.

      Reply

  • Denise
    October 14, 2023

    I am sitting here on a cool, rainy day with my laptop on my lap just scrolling through some of your videos….I love doing this. We love the jalapeno sauce you get at Chuy’s when they bring your chips out to the table, this looks very similar. I can’t wait to try this!!! Love all your videos too Natasha, you are so good at explaining things so even an average cook like me can understand it.

    Reply

    • Natashas Kitchen
      October 14, 2023

      I hope you love it, Denise!

      Reply

  • Jenni Middleton
    July 18, 2023

    where does the ranch come in??? It says creamy jalapeno ranch??

    Reply

    • NatashasKitchen.com
      July 18, 2023

      Hi Jenni! This is a different version of ranch dressing. It has a sour cream base, garlic, and onion- all of which are important for the flavor profile of ranch but instead of using parsley, dill, or chives, we use Cilantro, Jalapeños, and lime. If you want a more traditional ranch flavor, you can try our other recipe for homemade ranch dressing.

      Reply

  • Donna
    July 18, 2023

    This recipe was amazing ….made as written except I didn’t have fresh jalapeño’s so used pickled jalapeños and used my immerser blender to mix….so easy and delicious

    Reply

    • Natasha's Kitchen
      July 18, 2023

      Glad that you enjoyed this recipe, Donna!

      Reply

  • Ashley H
    March 28, 2023

    Is it possible to store this in the refrigerator for a short period of time? How long do you think it would last?

    Reply

    • NatashasKitchen.com
      March 28, 2023

      Hi Ashley, it keeps really well in the refrigerator for up to a week and only gets better with time as the flavors meld.

      Reply

  • Lindsey
    March 20, 2023

    What is the portion size (measurement) for 1 serving of this dressing?

    Reply

    • Natasha's Kitchen
      March 21, 2023

      Hi Lindsey, this is for 6 people (4 Tbsp each serving)

      Reply

  • Chad
    March 16, 2023

    Salty and turned out too thin.
    No spice.
    Not a good recipe.

    Reply

    • Natasha
      March 16, 2023

      Hi Chad, if your jalapeno ranch is not spicy, it could be due to a bland jalapeno – not all jalapenos are spicy. Also, it should be thick enough to dip a veggie in it and also not too thick that it could be used as a salad dressing. Adding too much lime juice or using a runny sour cream (such as Canadian-style sour cream) can make it runny. I hope that helps.

      Reply

  • Nicole M.
    February 28, 2023

    Such a zesty and versatile recipe! I used whole milk Greek yogurt instead of sour cream and a big, heaping spoonful of jarred hot jalapeño slices since we were out of fresh jalapeños. Still turned out great, and we’ve been using it to jazz up wraps for quick and flavorful lunches/dinners. It’s especially good on a wrap with deli turkey, romaine, sharp cheddar, pickled onions, avocado, tomato and cucumber. 🙂

    Reply

    • NatashasKitchen.com
      February 28, 2023

      Hi Nicole! That sounds amazing. I’m so glad you love the recipe. Thanks for sharing.

      Reply

  • Nancy
    February 23, 2023

    This is so good. I used 3 jalapeños. Also didn’t have a full cup of sour cream so I added a couple of Tbs of mayo. Also no fresh cilantro so used dry. Chopped my peppers course and let the food processor do it’s thing. Will triple recipe next time.

    Reply

    • Natashas Kitchen
      February 23, 2023

      I’m so glad you enjoyed it, Nancy!

      Reply

  • Kathleen
    September 22, 2022

    Just made this! Made it vegan by using vegan sour cream, which is thicker than dairy sour cream. I had to add about a tsp of soy milk to get it to blend. But boy is it good!! Thank you for the recipe! I know I’m going to be using this recipe a lot!

    Reply

    • Natashas Kitchen
      September 22, 2022

      Thank you so much for sharing that with me, Kathleen! I’m so glad you enjoyed it!

      Reply

  • Regina Werbickas
    August 27, 2022

    Can you substitute coconut yogurt instead of sour cream?. I can not have dairy.

    Reply

    • NatashasKitchen.com
      August 27, 2022

      Hi Regina! I have not tested it but I think it would be fine. 🙂

      Reply

  • lilia
    August 3, 2022

    Hi Natasha, my name is Maks. I am 11 years old. I made your jalapeno ranch secretly so my mom did not see that I made it. today for lunch we had some of your chicken inchildas and the homemade salsa

    Reply

    • NatashasKitchen.com
      August 3, 2022

      Hi Maks! That’s great! Thank you for sharing that with me. I hope they were enjoyed! 🙂

      Reply

  • Cristina
    July 11, 2022

    I did try this last night for Chicken Fajitas and i added avocado it was so delicious 🙂 love all your recipe.

    Reply

    • NatashasKitchen.com
      July 12, 2022

      Sounds delicious! So glad you enjoy my recipes.

      Reply

  • Donna McCue
    June 23, 2022

    Oh my goodness! This jalapeño Ranch dressing/dip is sooooo good! Thank you!

    Reply

    • Natasha's Kitchen
      June 23, 2022

      You’re welcome, Donna! Happy to know that you love it.

      Reply

  • Trudy
    June 12, 2022

    my jalapeño was past its prime so I substituted 1 jalapeño in adobo sauce. It was delicious.
    I’m sure if made with the jalapeño it would be just as delicious.

    Reply

    • Natasha's Kitchen
      June 12, 2022

      Hi Trudy, good to know that the substitutions that you used worked just fine. Thank you for your good comments and feedback! I’m so glad that you enjoyed the recipe.

      Reply

  • Bill T
    May 31, 2022

    Made this for an 8 person dinner (doubles the Cobb Salad). The Jalapeno Ranch dressing was such a hit, not salad left and they were dipping the meat entree in the dressing. Sooo good.

    Reply

    • NatashasKitchen.com
      May 31, 2022

      That’s wonderful, Bill! Thank you for the feedback. I’m so glad it was enjoyed!

      Reply

  • Cris
    May 25, 2022

    I have not gotten to the point of making the shrimp fajitas, but I just made the jalapeno ranch recipe. Goodness! This stuff is the bomb!!!! Can’t wait to drizzle it over the fajitas

    Reply

    • Natashas Kitchen
      May 25, 2022

      So so good! I’m so glad you agree Cris!

      Reply

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